OCC’s Educational Opportunity Program, or “EOP” as it is more commonly referred to, is starting a tradition by naming Students of the Month. “This award is about rewarding students who are working hard,” said EOP Navigator Shannon Sangster. “They are personable, pleasant to be around and care about school.”
EOP’s October Students of the Month are:
- Jose Ballaguer High School: Mexico, class of 2016 Major: Humanities
- Mariamo Mkoma High School: Nottingham, class of 2017 Major: Early Childhood Education
- Brittany Perez High School: Baldwinsville, class of 2017 Major: Adolescence Education
All are first-generation college students. “Winning this is great. It’s motivating me to do better,” said Mkoma who came to the United States from Kenya. “This shows people who don’t come from a lot can be something,” added Perez. “It’s good to be recognized and be a good example so other people see it’s possible,” said Ballaguer.
The EOP office provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college. If students need to use a computer, print documents, get help with their school work or financial advice the EOP office is where they go. The office is located on the second floor of the newly renovated Coulter Hall.
Congratulations to EOP’s three Students of the Month!